Billy Reid Dresses the Modern-Day Dandy. From Gotham magazine. Billy Reid has started his own “Heirloom” line of clothing since late 2012. The Heirloom collection has a tailored section as well as a ready to wear section. The Heirloom collection is based on a retro, American classic style. Billy Reid wanted to capture “real-deal designs that are built to last.” And the best thing about the Heirloom collection – they are all made in the United States.
The Story of Billy Reid
Billy Reid grew up in Amite, Louisiana. He started his career as a designer after moving up to New York in 1998, under the name of William Reid. This employment lasted until the post September 11th recession. Then, he did freelance work, doing some work for a golf apparel clothing company and Fruit of the Loom.
In 2004, Billy Reid started his own “authentic label” under the name Billy Reid. First, designing men’s clothing, he added a women’s clothing line in 2008. In 2010 Billy Reid was named GQ’s Best New Menswear Designer in America award. In 2012, Billy Reid was the recipient of The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Menswear Designer of the Year Award. (The women’s fashion designer that year was Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row).
Where to Find Billy Reid Clothing
Billy Reid can be found at upper end department stores such as Nieman-Marcus, Nordstroms, Bergdorf-Goodman and Bloomingdales. Billy Reid has 10 locations in the United States. The stores are in New York City; Florence, Alabama; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; Houston, TX; Washington, DC; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; and New Orleans, LA.
Billy Reid makes jackets, sports coats, trousers, shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, T-shirts, dress pants, chino pants and ties under its regular label as well. These items of clothing can be made in the USA, Italy, Peru or imported, so check the label.